Ten Iconic Musical Nicknames, And 25 You May Never Guess

You know what sucks? Getting saddled with a really awkward family nickname when you are younger and it following you until it takes a frenzied freak-out to stop it. We were once called "Pooter" by our mother until an eight-year-old Rocks Off gave her a terse look right before third grade started. Other, somewhat less evocative, nicknames took its place soon after.

Rock stars never get awful nicknames. All of theirs look and sound better than the rest of the general public's, whether scrawled across the side of a tour bus or emblazoned on a slick satin jacket. They have the kind of nicknames you wouldn't feel bad about having etched on your tombstone, like "The Killer," "The King" or even GG Allin's "The Poo-Poo Rocker." The late Hunter S. Thompson affectionately called his friend Marilyn Manson "Shit Eyes," and Manson called himself "The God of Fuck" for a time in the late '90s.

According to Wikipedia's crack team of anonymous editors, there are six Kings of Rock and Roll, two Kings of the Blues, no less than four Kings and two Queens of Rap and likewise four Kings and a whopping six Queens of Country Music. Luckily, there is only one King of Pop, and he died a little over a year with no clear replacement in sight.

Meat Loaf pulls into Houston Saturday night at House of Blues. The former Marvin Lee Aday was such a big kid growing up his father called him Meat Loaf, and it ended up sticking. We thought we'd run down the origins of a few other well-known musical monikers.

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